Policy Against Funding of Hateful Activities

Per federal regulation, decisions regarding grant distributions made from a donor-advised fund at Connecticut Community Foundation are made at the sole discretion of the Foundation, in furtherance of its charitable mission. In exercising this discretion, the Foundation prohibits grants to, or other support for, organizations engaged in “hateful activities,” defined to mean activities that incite or engage in violence, intimidation, harassment, threats, or defamation targeting an individual or group based on their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. These activities are contrary to the Foundation’s mission and its charitable status.

Connecticut Community Foundation will not accept funds from donors or make contributions to grantees that the Foundation believes, based on its diligence and in its sole discretion, intend to support or engage in hateful activities, whether online or offline. While not everyone agrees on what constitutes hate, at a minimum we will not fund activities that are explicitly racist, misogynist, anti-LGBTQ, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, or anti-immigrant.

The Foundation will implement this policy through due diligence to ensure that hateful activities are identified and steps are taken to avoid any Foundation support for them. As part of its review, the Foundation may conduct its own research and may consult resources created by third parties, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and others, to identify and update information regarding organizations potentially engaged in hateful activities.